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Joseph Franklin Reynolds Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 5, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, JOSEPH FRANKLIN REYNOLDS, a 20-year-old resident of Bozeman, pled guilty to transfer of obscene material to minors and receipt of child pornography. Sentencing has been set for December 7, 2012. He is currently released on special conditions.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee L. Peterson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On September 21, 2011, a minor boy lost his cell phone at a skate park in Bozeman. REYNOLDS found the cell phone and contacted minor girls listed in the "Contacts" of the cell phone. He contacted a 14-year-old girl, X.X., via text, and asked her how old she was. She texted that she was 14. During their electronic communication on the cell phone, REYNOLDS messaged X.X. an image of a penis.

The Bozeman Police Department, a member of the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), investigated the case. REYNOLDS's personal cell phone and computer were seized and forensically analyzed. Images and videos depicting child pornography were located on both items.

REYNOLDS faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Bozeman Police Department, the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.



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